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  • Peoples vote march 2019
    Article: Mar 26, 2019

    Liberal Democrats and others from Southwell and Newark travelled by train and other means to attend the huge People's Vote March last Saturday.

    We were treated to speeches by a number of our MPs including Layla Moran and Tom Brake pictured in the fromt line of the main Lib Dem contingent. Caroline Bearder, our sole MEP had brought flags and berets over from Brussels. She's wearing one of them on the left.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2019

    Fly tipping incidents are rising in Newark and Sherwood. Asbestos is the latest problem leading to clear-up costs doubling year on year. Last year 21 incidents cost £6,680 to remove. So far in the nine months of 2018-19 there have been 35, with the cost rising to £12,950.
    Asbestos poses serious risks and is costly to dispose of safely. Work done to remove it must be registered with the environment agency. The owner of waste dumped illegally can be liable for a fine up to £50,000, or face a prison sentence. However, disposal costs seem to be encouraging people to use rogue operators. Has the District Council got the resources to tackle the problem?

  • Article: Feb 27, 2019

    For months the County Hall Conservatives asserted that there was no alternative to the Super Council scheme to create one "Unitary" Authority for the County and scrap District and Borough Councils. However, just before a key vote in late December, they decided to shelve the proposal "indefinitely" because of massive opposition.
    However, this was not before £250,000 had been spent on expert consultants to produce the wasted business plan.
    How many potholes could have been filled instead?

  • Newark Trees
    Article: Feb 26, 2019

    The District Council's Cleaner, Safer, Greener campaign deserves support, particularly in Newark which has a real shortage of green open spaces. So why is the Council planning to fell four healthy mature trees to provide 36 extra parking spaces?

    Without consultation, Newark and Sherwood District Council granted itself planning permission to extend the London road Car park. The Council argue that there is a shortage of parking places but a recent survey taken on a Saturday at peak time revealed 350 empty spaces in the town centre giving an occupancy rate of 63 percent.

  • Bottle tops
    Article: Feb 26, 2019
    By Peter Scorer

    Newark and Sherwood Council won't recycle your plastic bottle tops even though they are collecting the plastic bottles, but the lids are also recyclable! However, handmade cosmetic company Lush will recycle your plastic bottle tops to make their black pots.
    Lush have a free-post address where you can send bottle tops, so, save your lids, package them up and address them to: FREE-POST, LUSH, GREENHUB. That's all - no postcode needed! Then take them to your post office………every little helps!